Hi! I'm Kathryn, and I'd love to help you or your child

experience how awesome learning piano can be

I’m a NZ piano teacher, who works both online and from my home studio in Rotorua.   Online, I work mainly with teenagers/adults who are beginners or at intermediate level in their playing ability.   From my Rotorua studio, I work with local students of all ages and levels, beginner through to advanced.


I believe that the process of learning piano should be enjoyable. My goal is to pass on skills, knowledge and a love of music that will encourage my students to thrive. Whether you’re a beginner, feeling a bit nervous about starting, or have been learning for a while and are feeling like your playing has plateaued, I’d love to inspire you with a fresh, positive approach that will help you develop your full potential.

Ways you can work with me


1;1 lessons for locals, all ages and levels. Beginner through to advanced.


1:1 lessons for teenagers and adult students at beginner and intermediate level.


"I worked alongside Kathryn Lauder for three years, and have found her to be a truly outstanding teacher. As a teacher of many years’ experience in a variety of schools myself, I have seldom worked with a person as gifted or as dedicated as Kathryn. She is one of those rare people who is extremely talented, both as a performing musician and as a composer, who also has the ability to inspire students, and the patience and dedication to help them achieve amazing things."

Trina Sellers
Past colleague

"We really appreciate your wonderful piano teaching and your care and love for kids beyond just piano. Chloe is super lucky to have you to be her piano teacher!"

Clare Slater


 BMus(HONS), first class; Dip Tch (Sec) (Auckland Univeristy)

Senior Music Prize, Hollinrake Memorial Scholarship; Bishop Music Scholarship (Auckland University)

 Diocesan School for Girls;  Bethlehem College;  (Head of Music)

Ministry of Education; NZQA (Contractor)

Fully registered with the Teaching Council of Aotearoa, New Zealand

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Learning piano doesn’t have to be a confusing, nerve-racking process.

If you or your child is a beginner, I’d love to help you get off to a great start and develop a creative pursuit that you can really enjoy.

If you’ve been playing for a while, but are feeling like your playing is stuck at your current level, I’d love to help you find fresh enthusiasm and pass on tips and tricks that will lift your playing and  help you to make fast progress.

Interested in working with me? I'd love to hear from you.